All Lost Things, the third book in Josh Aterovis's award-winning Killian Kendall Mystery Series, was named a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Gay Mystery on Tuesday, March 16th. The Lambda Literary Award is the oldest, most competitive and prestigious literary award in the LGBT community.
"This has been a record year for queer books," said the 2009 Lambda Awards Administrator, Richard Labonté, who has been associated with the Lammys since their inception in 1989 as a judge and consultant. "The number of titles nominated and the number of publishers represented is in both cases about 10 per cent higher than last year."
Winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Awards, May 27 in New York at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street.
"In a year of challenge and change for writers and publishers - and for the Foundation - the hundreds of books submitted for nomination illustrate the continuing dynamism of our literature," said Lambda Foundation Board President Katherine V. Forrest. "This year's Lambda Literary Award Finalists and the quality of their work speak eloquently to the richness and range of our literature."
Aterovis's first two books, Bleeding Hearts and a spin-off mystery Reap the Whirlwind, were first published in 2001 and 2003 respectively. The first book, Bleeding Hearts, introduced gay teen sleuth Killian Kendall, and won several awards, including the 2002 Whodunit Award from the StoneWall Society. He followed up by winning the Whodunit Award again the following year for Reap the Whirlwind. The two books were republished by PD Publishing in 2008, once again garnering glowing reviews. His latest book, All Lost Things, was released in October of 2009.
In addition to novels, Aterovis also writes for AfterElton.com, an entertainment news website owned by MTV's LOGO network for and about gay and bisexual men. Aterovis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where his books are set. He now lives in Baltimore, MD. You can visit his website at www.joshaterovis.com.
For a full list of finalists, visit www.lambdaliterary.org